4 Ways To Develop An Attitude of Gratitude

4 Ways To Develop An Attitude of Gratitude

Here are four ways to develop an attitude of gratitude...

An attitude of gratitude is known as the key to living a happy and fulfilled life. But with so many daily stressors thrown our way, it can often feel challenging to feel grateful. Long to-do lists and obstacles can overshadow the positive. However, intentionally looking for the good (especially in the morning!) can set you up for a smoother day ahead. 

So, to help you on your gratitude journey, here are four ways to develop an attitude of gratitude:

1. Spend Time With Loved Ones

Being around those we love can help brighten our mood and promote joy as we can share laughter, love, and meaningful moments with those who matter most to us. By experiencing these positive emotions, we can feel gratitude for those who bring joy and happiness into our lives.

Spending time with loved ones can also provide us with support and encouragement, which can help us feel valued and appreciated. By receiving this emotional support, we can feel gratitude for the people who are there for us when we need them.

Next time you're with a loved one, share what you appreciate about them or share a compliment - it'll feel good for you and also for them to hear. 

This doesn’t just go for loved ones; something I’ve found that’s helped me on my gratitude journey is to make giving a genuine compliment to at least one person a day a must. Give it a try; you’ll be surprised how great it feels.

2. Receive Gratefully

Question - when someone compliments you, how do you receive it? Do you shrug it off and reject it? Or, do you find it easy to say thank you and let the words sink in?

I'm going to bet you find it difficult to accept as most of us do!

Next time someone gives you a compliment, pause for a moment and see if you can receive the words with thanks and grace.

Plus, when you accept a compliment instead of pushing it to the side, you're also allowing the other to receive your thanks - it works both ways.

3. Simple Acts of Kindness

One of the best ways to welcome more gratitude into your life is by doing simple acts of kindness. When you’re being kind to others, you may think you’re just giving something away, but in fact, you’re getting a lot (if not more) in return.

Drs. Sreenivasan and Weinberger wrote in Psychology Today that being kind to others, heightens the sense of your own good fortune and helps you feel connected to others. 

Engaging in acts of kindness can also increase feelings of happiness and joy, which can, in turn, foster an attitude of gratitude. When we perform acts of kindness for others, our brains release feel-good chemicals like dopamine and oxytocin, which can improve our mood and help us feel more positive and grateful.

Acts of kindness help shift our focus from ourselves to others, which can help us become more mindful of the people and things in our lives that we are grateful for. By focusing on the needs and well-being of others, we can become more aware of the positive aspects of our own lives.

4. Keep a Gratitude Journal

Journalling is probably one of my favorite wellness tools, and it’s especially great at steering your focus toward kindness and compassion. At the beginning (or end) of each day, grab a pen and list three things you're grateful for. 

These three things don't have to be BIG; they can be as simple as having a cozy bed to crawl into at night and hot running water to receiving a smile from a stranger on your commute to work. Anything! As you practice, you'll find even more things to be grateful for and having an attitude of gratitude will soon become effortless.

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